Digital health field enhances CES portfolio

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By LIU YINMENG in Las Vegas | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-01-11 00:51

A CES attendee experiences DJI's product at the Shenzhen-based company's exhibition space at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Chinese company is a leader in camera drone technologies. LIU YINMENG / CHINA DAILY

At Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 145 exhibitors stress industry's importance

An increasingly larger array of digital health vendors, including many from China, are presenting at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

"I think the prospects for the future of China's digital market are pretty bright," said Tan Huan, a co-CTO of Ubtech Robotics.

This year, the health and wellness category at CES (Jan 7-10) features 145 exhibitors, a 25 percent increase over 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organizer of the show.

The global digital health market, which was valued at $144.2 billion in 2018, according to market research company Imarc, has more companies showcasing their latest innovations every year, whether it's fitness trackers, health monitors or sleep technologies.

With the aging population of China becoming a serious social issue, Chinese innovators are increasingly focusing on technology to improve senior citizens' health.

Tan said that the medical field is where artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics products from Ubtech could become useful.

There are several issues that Chinese society faces: the slow depletion of the labor force, a lack of professionals, and a growth in demand.

Tan said the medical field is ever-evolving. The company has been exploring several uses for its products, including using robots as companions for people and detecting human characteristics.

AI and robotics could provide precision services for the medical industry, meaning they could determine exactly what people need, said Tan, adding that there will be some new products next year from Ubtech geared toward the medical and wellness sector.

Visitors experience smart mattresses at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday. More than 4,500 exhibitors joined the annual show with nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products. WU XIAOLING/XINHUA

Neural FLEX Technology, a Shenzhen-based company that researches brain-computer interface techniques, has developed an intelligent non-invasive EEG headband called Soulink.

The product can detect brain activity of elderly patients' urine command in advance and give caretakers early notice, Charles Feng, CEO of the company, told China Daily on Wednesday.

The technology also could detect signs of brain fatigue in long-distance drivers, thus preventing potential tragedies.

Feng said that in China he sells his products directly to companies and usually engages in the business-to-consumer format when conducting overseas business.

"Consumers overseas already have a certain level of understanding about meditation, which is not particularly recognized by domestic Chinese consumers," he said.

Mavis Kang, director of Fitpolo sales at Moko Technology Ltd, a Shenzhen-based company, said digital health is growing in China because Chinese are becoming more health-conscious.

The company produces Fitpolo, a smart wristband that could be used to detect people's exercise and sleep patterns.

Omron Healthcare, a leading Japanese brand, is showcasing a wearable blood pressure monitor at CES 2020.

Other highlights included a virtual reality game from Evolv Rehabilitation Technologies that helps stroke survivors regain physical coordination in a fun way; the Pivot app, which helps people quit smoking; and Singfit, a new platform designed to help seniors access music as therapy.

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